Samsung Galaxy S10 Plus Review

The Samsung Galaxy S10 Plus was the almost-everything-included Samsung phone you actually want – if you'll afford it and handle its massive 6.4-inch display. it had been the highlight of the company's output from 2019.

While it's still a strong flagship phone, the S10 Plus is not the biggest of the company's handsets, and that is not simply because of the Samsung Galaxy S10 5G and cheaper budget Samsung Galaxy S10 Lite both have larger 6.7-inch displays. 


No, Samsung's 2020 smartphones including the Samsung Galaxy S20 Plus and even higher-specced Samsung Galaxy S20 Ultra are both bigger than the phone, with some improved features too. But once they were announced the S10 Plus got an enormous discount, making it still worth considering, especially if you wish its stylish looks.

We were immediately drawn to the Galaxy S10 Plus because of the bigger and better version of the Galaxy S10 and cheaper Galaxy S10e. It redefines what a 'phablet' is in 2019, with a 6.4-inch an edge-to-edge screen so large it displaces the front camera to a hole within the top corner. It’s Samsung’s marginally better answer to the iPhone XS notch, and while the S20 line has put its punch-hole within the center, we still have a soft spot for the S10 Plus tucking its selfie camera in one corner.

With a 93.1% screen-to-body ratio, the pixels now stretch from the tiny top speaker right down to the skinny bottom chin and spill over the curved left and right edges. This remains during all|one amongst|one in every of">one among the best-looking screens in a smartphone. Hidden under the glass is an ultrasonic fingerprint sensor on the front, and therefore the new Wireless PowerShare feature on the back, allowing you to Qi-charge other devices.

The back features a triple-lens camera that takes normal, telephoto, and as a primary for Samsung, ultra-wide photos. With the latter lens, you'll capture more of what is ahead of you – without having to require a couple of steps back. While it ranks below the Huawei P30 Pro on our greatest camera phone list, the S10 Plus offers a fun-to-use and versatile camera suite.

We've seen a number of these ideas before from Huawei and LG. But the S10 Plus is an amalgam of hallmark features in rival handsets with a dose of first-to-launch aspects like faster Wi-Fi 6 and an HDR10+ screen. it is the best overall package in among big pricey, smartphones.

Sold? To complicate your buying decision, the Galaxy S10 5G is a good bigger and better S10 phone, the Samsung Galaxy Note 10 Plus is even more premium as a Samsung smartphone, and if you've all the cash within the world, the foldable Samsung Galaxy Fold is additionally available to shop for – to mention nothing of the S20 line and its incremental improvements.

DISPLAY of Samsung S10 plus

  • 6.4-inch QHD+ screen with a powerful 93.1% screen-to-body ratio
  • Infinity-O display type's punch hole fits two front cameras in top right
  • The first phone with HDR10+, but watch out for false touches from lack of bezel
The 6.4-inch Super AMOLED display on the Samsung Galaxy S10 Plus makes this the most important S phone screen so far – bigger than the 5.8-inch Galaxy S9 Plus and matching the Note 9 screen size. it is also tons better.

The main draw for us is that the 93.1% screen-to-body ratio that matches more pixels across a tighter body. Samsung's new Infinity-O display avoids employing a notch by choosing a laser-cut hole within the top-right corner for the front camera.



The hole during this 'punch-hole' display is extra-large, as Samsung dropped in two front cameras to require better portrait selfies than the single-lens Galaxy S10 and S10e front cameras. The good news, we’ve not found it too distracting. 

The default resolution is Full HD+, but you'll crank it to QHD+ and it's pin-sharp, with HDR10+ for superior contrast and color. That's a crucial perk if you’re a movie-watcher on your phone – a thought which isn’t so crazy its size.

One drawback to Samsung chipping away bezel: we found our encroaching palms making false touches on the sensitive screen (especially when typing), often flipping our on-screen keyboard between letters and numbers to output a bunch of gobbledygook in embarrassing messages. iPhone owners familiar with more otherwise-ugly bezel and better palm rejection software, beware.

The Infinity-O display is Samsung's New Look for 2019, and it’s enough of a change if you have been demanding something new. it's fantastic, with bright, colorful reproduction making the simplest of images, icons, apps, games, and video

DESIGN of Samsung S10 plus

  • The high-end 512GB/1TB version comes with a premium ceramic back
  • Perks: reverse wireless charging (new) and headphone jack (age-old)
  • You'll want a case to avoid dropping this big, slippery phone
The S10 Plus design is filled with surprises, new and old. Its aluminum frame is thinner than that of the S9 Plus and still sandwiched between smooth Gorilla Glass 6. Color choices are ‘Prism’ white, black and green, while the 512GB and 1TB versions are backed by ceramic in either white or black.

The back of the Galaxy S10 Plus almost flush, with a triple-lens camera array that features a very subtle bump outlining it, and you will not be ready to see the reverse wireless charging module is found below this.

It's roughly the size of the S9 Plus and feels better in-hand than the physically bigger Note 9, which features an 83.4% screen-to-body ratio. It's surprisingly easy to carry within the hand for a ‘Plus’-sized handset, though those with smaller palms will find the glass-and-metal finish offers little within the way of grip. We found ourselves using two hands, especially to type, and suggest a case before walking out of the shop with this one.

On the left side, the quantity rocker sits above a fanatical key for Samsung's smart assistant, Bixby. Press this, and you will launch the assistant, supplying you with quick access to voice commands and therefore the Bixby Today screen. Unfortunately, it’s a touch too easy to mistake this AI key for the volume-down button. the great news, Samsung is letting users re-map the undesirable Bixby button at this point.

Samsung remains one among the few phone makers that haven’t ditched the three.5mm headphone jack, and what’s impressive is that it’s also trying to sell its wireless Galaxy Buds without axing this venerable feature. It’s a show of strength that the corporate went with a consumer-friendly design choice here.

IN-SCREEN FINGERPRINT SENSOR

  • The in-screen fingerprint sensor is novel and mostly works for us now
  • The ultrasonic sensor works better than optical but requires more pressure
  • Still not as fast or as fool-proof as a standard fingerprint sensor
The fingerprint sensor is another feature that performs an invisible trick, taking a 3D scan of your print. It's more accurate than the Huawei Mate 20 and OnePlus 6T optical in-screen fingerprint scanners, even when our print was a touch wet. Its downside may be a slower speed and therefore the incontrovertible fact that more pressure is required. 

We experienced some failures due it incorrect placement initially, and with no physical ridge to guide our finger, we do not expect to eliminate failures completely. In time, we went from a first-time recognition success rate of 80% to a 95% success rate. a number of that was an update and a few of it decreased to getting won't to the invisible sensor location.

These issues are often mitigated if you decide to also found out face unlock, which we found could recognize us faster than the fingerprint scanner – the sole issue here is that you simply need to be watching the S10 Plus unlock it and it’s less secure.

CAMERA of Samsung S10 plus

  • Triple lens camera for normal, telephoto, and ultra-wide photos 
  • 12.3MP main camera takes excellent photos rivaling Pixel 3
  • An ultra-wide camera may be a welcome addition, albeit it is not always sharp
  • New 'Live Focus' portrait filters like Color Point are fun to use  
  • The Samsung S10 Plus, just like the S10, includes a strong triple-lens rear camera array, comprising a 12MP regular lens, a 12MP optically zoomed zoom lens and a new 16MP ultra-wide lens.
Samsung’s dual-aperture lens allowed us to capture vibrant-looking photos and even fairly good low-light pictures. the standard isn’t always consistent (advice: take many an equivalent photo), and it lacks something just like the Google Pixel 3's dedicated long-exposure night-sight mode.



It ranks among the simplest camera phones for 2019 because it takes photos with bright, punchy colors. iPhone photos look rather muted compared to the S10 Plus. Side-by-side with the Pixel 3, though, its low-light capabilities are good, but not the simplest. especially, it tends to denoise nighttime images, almost smoothing skin people's faces in an attempt to scale back low-light graininess.

16MP ultra-wide camera

Samsung's ultra-wide lens does something Google can't do: capture photos with a 123--degree field of view. It’s great for cramming more into the frame.

When you’re posing ahead of tall buildings and iconic statues, whoever’s lucky enough to be taking your picture won’t be forced to cross the road so as to try to so. Your welcome, kind photo-taking stranger.

Be warned: the wide-angle does have a fisheye effect, distorting people and objects at the sides of shots, appearing stretched compared to those within the middle. This lens is stunning for sweeping landscape photos and group shots during which people are tightly packed into the middle of the frame to avoid the barrel-like warping.

Live Focus portrait photos

Live Focus is more fun with the Galaxy S10 Plus, with Samsung’s portrait mode now offering a couple of different options. There’s still the quality background blur effect – the quantity of which may be easily toggled with an on-screen slide – but there are now three other options.

Spin and Zoom offer different blur effects for a more arty shot, but it’s the ultimate option, Color Point, which is our favorite. This keeps your subject within the foreground in color, while turning the background black and white.

It works extremely well, and therefore the results are striking – and you'll also select this feature when using the front-facing cameras, for striking selfies that allow you to ‘pop’ in color while the background is turned mono.

10MP and 8MP front-facing cameras

The front-facing cameras are 10MP and 8MP, with the latter coming into play for enhancing depth. this enables for better Live Focus portrait photos, and it’s exclusive to the S10 Plus variant of Samsung’s new phones. 

Images from the front cameras look good in everything but low light, where things become soft-looking because the software attempts to aggressively smooth the noise, although, in fact, this is often a problem that may not be limited to Samsung phones.

Do you actually need a dual-selfie camera? No. The difference between Samsung S10 and Samsung S10 Plus selfie quality is minimal. it is the least convincing upgrade, and therefore the ability to require closer and wider zoomed front photos may be a software trick not limited to the Plus.

Camera app

Samsung's fully-loaded, yet the easy-to-navigate app is where it makes up ground next to Google's more barebones camera app. We love returning features, like having the ability quickly flip between the most and front cameras by swiping abreast of the screen – it's sort of a big button. Taking a selfie with a gesture is additionally simple; you open your hand then form a fist, and it will start a countdown timer.

New is Scene Optimizer's 10 additional categories, enabling the AI to inform the difference between a cat and dog, for instance, so as to fine-tune image settings. We found it to be smart enough to acknowledge the most subject during a busy scene, and brighten things up a touch as appropriate.

Shot Suggestions hints at the way to fix photos using the phone’s neural processing unit (NPU). We found its real-time recommendations on leveling shots and framing subjects helpful, with an on-screen reticle to properly center group shots. Sure, its suggestions are sometimes way off, except for the foremost part it’s a helpful addition to the camera UI. 

video quality

The video sees a healthy amount of upgrades in 2019. The Samsung S10 Plus offers new Digital Video Stabilization on the rear camera and, for the primary time, HDR10+ recording. 

Samsung's new stabilization technology is meant to form your Ultra HD video look as smooth as footage from an action cam, and while the handset doesn’t have equivalent durability, it rivals the stabilization of the GoPro Hero7 Black. As on the brink of a gimbal-like experience using only a smartphone, though the small DJI Osmo Pocket remains our favorite for silky smooth crane-esque video.

HDR10+ video may be a big upgrade because Samsung's prior phones lacked the power to record support HDR. When turned on, we found HDR10+ kept scenes from overexposing care of additional contrast, but it also turned off saving to the newer HEVC format, which produces smaller file sizes. HDR10+ is tagged with a 'Labs' label, so it seems to be a piece ongoing.

BATTERY

  • More than all-day battery life with the default Full HD resolution
  • The 4,100mAh battery capacity is the largest during a Galaxy S phone
  • Samsung's fast charging is slower than rivals, but still beats Apple
The Samsung Galaxy S10 Plus battery hits a replacement high for the S series with a 4,100mAh capacity. Last year’s S9 Plus was above average for Android flagships, delivering all-day battery life from its 3,500mAh unit, but the S10 Plus performed better for us in our tests.  

Samsung still claims "all-day battery life or a touch more", maybe due to the larger screen here, or even just to play it safe. With moderate use – a few hours of Spotify streaming, a healthy amount of messaging and social media, an hour or two of Netflix, and a smattering of gaming – we found it easy to finish the night with a powerful 10% to 30% battery left.

Start enabling a number of the extra features on the Galaxy S10 Plus and therefore the battery will, in fact, take success, namely the always-on display and changing Full HD+ to QHD+.

The Galaxy S10 Plus does accompany a number of power-saving modes with the foremost aggressive - maximum power saving - locking down the interface to only a couple of key apps (of your choosing), ensuring you continue to get hours from your final few percent.

Samsung s10 plus specification

Weight
175g
Dimensions
157.6 x 74.1 x 7.8mm
OS
Android 9
Screen size
6.4-inch
Resolution
QHD+
CPU
Octa-core chipset
RAM
8GB/12GB
Storage
128/512GB/1TB
Battery
4,100mAh
Headphone jack
Yes
Front camera
10MP + 8MP
Rear camera
16MP + 12MP + 12MP
Waterproof
 IP68

 WIRELESS POWER SHARE

  • 'Wireless Power Share' makes the phone a Qi-charging pad
  • It's doesn't charge other devices fast, but are often a lifesaver
  • Your friends may like this feature better than you are doing
Samsung’s new Wireless PowerShare feature turns the rear of the S10 Plus into an enormous Qi charging mat, which is great if you’re feeling generous when your friend runs low on battery and feels comfortable sparing a number of your hefty 4,1000mAh capacity. 

It worked flawlessly during our tests, enabling us to charge the Galaxy Buds in their case once we placed them on the lower third of the rear of the phone.

Samsung hasn’t shown favoritism here either: any Qi charging phone worked in our tests, including the iPhone XS Max. We used this feature quite we thought we'd during our time at MWC 2019 – and that we became quite popular.

Knowing that PowerShare turns off when your phone drops right down to 30% battery life is reassuring – as is realizing that your iPhone XS-owning friend features a 2,658mAh capacity for the worth of Samsung S10 Plus.

Reverse wireless charging is found within the Huawei Mate 20 Pro, but Samsung makes it much easier to access Wireless PowerShare via the fast settings menu within the notification shade, whereas Huawei buries its feature during a forest of settings submenus.

INTERFACE

  • Samsung's One UI interface makes it easy to succeed in menus on big phones
  • Bixby AI is more annoying than it's worth, mostly thanks to the Bixby button
  • We'd just like the see Mac/PC Samsung apps for Apple-like 'Continuity'
One UI is Android 9 Pie with Samsung's own twist, making it easy to navigate menus by lining options on rock bottom half the screen – where your thumb can reach. It's well-designed. Gone are the times of Samsung's congested TouchWiz UI; One UI is more lightweight, although still clearly different from stock Android. 

The interface is clean, but it still features a double or maybe triple doses of an equivalent pre-installed apps from Samsung, Google, and Microsoft. And Samsung's won't win us over with Samsung Notes if it doesn't have a desktop edition. Compared to Apple, it lacks robust continuity software to form switching between devices easier.



We'd wish to see Samsung update to Android Q in 2019 rather than taking a year to try to so. Our petition to re-map the Bixby key was a minimum of heard. The AI shortcut can now be programmed to launch another app, or run a Bixby quick commands (basically how to quickly configure settings like Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, screen, brightness, etc).

Note: the Bixby button recognizes single and double presses, and one among those two should launch Bixby. Those are the principles of re-mapping. A double click now launches us into our Clash Royale addiction, for instance.

PERFORMANCE

  • The fastest Android phone we've ever tested
  • Snapdragon 855 (US version) nearly as fast as iPhone XS
  • First to Wi-Fi 6, but requires a Wi-Fi 6 router to urge faster speeds
The Samsung Galaxy S10 Plus is powerful enough to compete with today’s best gaming phones, which means it's top-of-the-line specs inside. In the US, it ships with Qualcomm’s flagship Snapdragon 855 chip, while in most other places around the world it features Samsung’s own Exynos 9820 chip.

Its octa-core chips are paired with 8GB of RAM (12GB within the Ultimate Performance Edition) to supply many grunts. In fact, with a Geekbench multi-score of 11,002, it is the fastest android phone we've ever tested, though the Exynos chip scored a rather lower 10,385 and therefore the camera app seems a tad slower.

Samsung comes very on the brink of matching the iPhone XS score of 11,481 – outright speed has long been one advantage Apple has held over its chief rival. And storage makes the S10 Plus an entirely better value, starting at a healthy 128GB, of which around 110GB is really available to you out of the box. If that’s not enough space, there’s a MicroSD slot that supports cards up to 1TB in size or the 512GB and 1TB internal storage sizes – for a further cost, of course.

This is the primary phone with next-gen Wi-Fi 6, which allows you to seamlessly transition between Wi-Fi routers and is fourfold faster than the 802.11ax standard. It should deliver a 20% speed boost compared to the S9, although you’ll need a replacement router to urge any use out of this feature.

WHO'S IT FOR?

Entertainment seekers
The big 6.4-inch screen is the best within the world because of its 93.1% screen-to-body ratio and punchy colors. and there is an actual 3.5mm headphone jack. What's to not love?

Selfie takers
Although we just like the Google Pixel 3 main cameras better, the selfie photos out of the S10 Plus look great in everything but low-light. the color Point mode makes it so fun to use. 

You're a computer user
The battery is dramatically better on the S10 Plus vs prior Samsung phones. Its 'all-day battery life' plays it safe – it can go each day and a half and Qi charge other devices via Wireless Power Share.

WHO'S IT NOT FOR?

  • You're on a budget
  • The price isn't for the faint of heart, or wallet. Yes, it's cheaper and a far better value than the iPhone XS Max, but costs the maximum amount as a Note 9. There are phones with better value if they don't need absolutely the best.
This is an enormous and slippery phone made from glass. you are going to require to urge a case for it if you are a butterfingers with devices, and perhaps even invest during a warranty. It's pricey to exchange.

You want absolutely the best camera phone

This camera is great, but it isn't the simplest. That crown belongs to the Pixel 3. Google's phone isn't as stylish or as feature-packed, so Samsung may be a better overall pick, but know there is a better point-and-shoot replacement out there.

Competitions of Samsung S10 Plus

  • Samsung Galaxy S10e

For the primary time during a number of years, Samsung is offering a cheaper version of its S-Series flagship, and therefore the Galaxy S10e is about to travel up against Apple's third wheel - the iPhone XR.

The S10e packs a 5.8-inch Full HD display, two rear cameras, and therefore the same powerful chipset at its larger siblings.

There are no curved edges to the display, however, and therefore the fingerprint scanner is found on the side, instead of under the screen.

  • Samsung Galaxy S10

If you would like all the flagship features of the Galaxy S10 Plus during a more manageable form factor and slightly cheaper price, the Samsung Galaxy S10 is that the answer.

Its smaller 6.1-inch display still packs a QHD+ resolution, although there's just one punch-hole camera embedded into it.

You still get an equivalent three rear cameras, a Wireless PowerShare feature an in-display fingerprint scanner - plus many power and storage under the hood

  • Huawei Mate 20 Pro

If it is a big screen, many power, and multiple, high-performing rear cameras you're after, the Huawei Mate 20 Pro should be a significant consideration.

There's a similarly massive 6.39-inch QHD+ display live here, plus a heap of power under the hood and a trio of versatile cameras on its rear. Plus there's an in-display fingerprint scanner, although its notch is larger than the Samsung S10 Plus.

The real kicker here though is that the price. because the Mate 20 Pro is now six months old, its price has dropped and it can now be picked up for much but the Galaxy S10 Plus.

Samsung Galaxy S10 Plus review: Bottom line

The Galaxy S10 Plus may be a great Android phone for those that don't need to pay the upper premium for the Galaxy S20. This handset gives you an enormous and immersive full-screen experience, very capable cameras, and fast performance during a slick design. The 12.5 hours of battery life also makes the Samsung S10 Plus the longest-running Samsung phone ever and one among the longest-lasting phones you'll buy.


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